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New perimeter road is fast and convenient, but poorly designed
I’ve driven the South Fraser Perimeter Road a couple of times and although it’s an exceptionally fast and convenient way to get to Highway 1 from Delta, I have one complaint about the road.
The intersection of Highway 17 and Nordel Way is a huge bottleneck and should have been an interchange/cloverleaf.
I realize B.C. doesn’t like to complete projects because of cost concerns, but this is another of those legacies where the job was poorly designed and not executed with consideration for future volumes and traffic patterns.
It appears to me there is enough adjoining land to have designed and constructed an interchange or cloverleaf, so the decision to not do so is even more puzzling to me.
Another thing that appears to be, well shall I say stupid, is the grade leading up to this intersection, forcing big trucks to stop and resulting in one to three trucks getting through the intersection when the light turns green.
SFPR should be called The Surrey Bypass
The South Fraser Perimeter Road is now open, but the name is too long.
You can get off Highway 1 near the Langley-Surrey border, and pop down onto this new road, which does an end-run around Surrey, missing Surrey’s shabby grid of nameless streets and too-frequent and unsynchronized traffic lights which always turn red in front of you, and end up in Delta, get onto the Alex Fraser Bridge, thus missing the toll on the privatized Port Mann, and also miss the weekly murder.
So let’s call it what it is – The Surrey Bypass. But sorry, it’s going to be under water within 10 years from rising sea levels.
Road needs a wall
I would like to comment about the South Fraser Perimeter Road.
I live right across the street in front of the new road, and I see that most of the road has a nice wall put up in front for the noise and to keep it safe.
In front of our house at 128 Street and 115B Avenue, a sand wall has been put up spray painted green. I was watching kids the other day climbing up and going over it. I am afraid one day some one is going to get killed on the new highway.
What happened to the wall we were supposed to get? We have a school here too, along the low road in front of the school on 148 Street and King Road there is a wall for protection.
My question is are we getting a wall as well? We have a lot of kids in this area that like to explore.